Paramsothy Thamotharampillai-Göbel

Germany and Malaysia Exchanging Ideas

Paramsothy Thamotharampillai-Göbel

Interkultureller Coach und Trainer

Paramsothy Thamotharampillai-Göbel was born in Malaysia, where he spent 19 years of his life. He then completed his engineering studies in Bradford, UK. He now lives in Germany and during his working career he had completed projects in some in 27 countries all over the world.

Today Paramsothy teaches and shares his experiences in cross-cultural experiences, collected over the years of project implementation.

Automotive Training und Coaching

Paramsothy had spent 21 years of his career at 3 major German OEMs. He has collected experiences working on various projects and within differing departments. The area that he currently coaches are the Sales and After-Sales departments at dealership levels.

He has obtained the status of a certified trainer from Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, conducting certified programmes for the following job profiles: Service Advisor, Parts Advisor and Service Receptionist. Management subjects covering KPIs, Service Process, Personal Recruitment and Personal Assessment are part of his repertoire.

My philiosophy

There is never a smooth communication with foreign cultures, especially the first time. We always make our first fauxpar and then try to rescue the situation through our current skills and natural talent.

If we are prepared and trained for such possibilities, then the chances of creating unaware misunderstandings are minimised. Our thoughts can be collected to correct mistakes, if we are consciously aware of cultural taboos.

I believe that anyone in this world  has the ability to break communication barriers with foreign cultures. The way it is done depends on the individual. I use humour to break any resentments or mental blockage a person has, when confronting another culture.

The written rules of cultural Do’s and Don’ts are not as important as as real life experience. My methods will sharpen the participants to be consciously aware of many details in communication and body language from a foreign culture. Be it in a business or daily situations comparisons and causes of these characteristics are discussed.

The participants are to be them self, representing their own cultural upbringing. They will learn methods on how the differences with other cultures can be mastered to their advantage.

My Experiences

Whilst working for the automotive industry, at a manufacturer level, my experiences include: setting up a dealership network, negotiations on CKD/SKD contracts and setting up a worldwide standard training programme for all after-sales non-technical staff. The regions that I covered were Africa, Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe.

Meeting, working and socialising with diverse partners have increased my awareness of cross-cultural differences. Imparting my collected observations to my trainees and working out possible solutions for their individual challenges are my personal intentions.

  • Process engineer with project management experiences (1985-1989)
  • ​After-sales coverage of the region Asia-Pacific, international after-sales training (1994 – 2000)
  • ​Conducting automotive specific training worldwide (2000 – 2012)
  • ​Developing and implementing worldwide training programmes (Process, CRM, Marketing, etc.) (2000 – 2012)
  • Programmes: Specifically for management in employee recruitment, assessment and leadership (2000 – 2012)
  • Certified Trainer from Volkswagen (2002) and Mercedes-Benz (2010)​ Skills for cross-cultural Training, Bath, UK (2010)
  • Performance Beyond Borders, Thiagi, Winterthur, Schweiz (2011)

My Curriculum Vitae

  • 1985 – 1989: Project engineer at Pan-Century Edible Oils. Process monitoring and commissioning of plant.​
  • 1992 – 1994: Head of production office Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • 1994 – 1999: International After-Sales Manager and Training Coordinator at Audi AG.
  • 2000 – 2007: International After-Sales Trainer at Screen GmbH – im Auftrag von Volkswagen AG.
  • 2007 – 2012: International Trainer at Automotive Training GmbH – a Daimler Company.
  • 2013 – Todate: Freelancer conducting cross-cultural, after-sales, sales and behavioural training.
  • More than two decades working in the German and international automotive industry. ​
  • ​Working in various countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Eastern Europe.
  • ​Developing training programmes for various target groups.

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